Borough Park

Borough Park is a sports stadium in Workington, Cumbria and the home ground of Workington Association Football Club.

Opened in 1937, the stadium has a maximum capacity of 3,101 spectators.

The ground was established in July 1937, but later modifications were made due to safety reasons post the 1985 Bradford City fire. The stadium witnessed its first football match on September 25, 1937, between Workington Reds’ Reserves and Cleator Moor Celtic, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Workington’s first team played soon after, drawing with Carlisle United. A significant event was the 5-0 victory for Workington Reds over West Stanley in their first North Eastern League game, marking the first hat-trick at the venue.

The ground has been multifunctional, hosting rugby, cricket, and even serving as a film set. The first FA Cup match on the site was a 7-3 victory for Workington, and the stadium’s record attendance was during an FA Cup match against Manchester United in 1958, drawing 21,000 fans. The introduction of floodlights in 1957 marked a modernization of the facility.

Currently, Borough Park’s capacity stands at 3,100, a decrease from its past due to the downscaling of covered seating to just 500 seats on the ‘popular side’ grandstand. This has shaped the stadium into a more intimate venue while still preserving its historical essence.